March 28th, 2004 by Editor B

I’m fascinated by cycles, including the cycle of seasons. Back when I lived in Bloomington, Indiana I watched each spring for the emergence of new leaves, yet I always seemed to miss it. I would notice the buds when they appeared on the bare branches, and I kept my eye on them, and then — suddenly — there would be full-blown leaves on all the trees, turning the city from gray to green overnight. Damn!

Now that I live in New Orleans, this transition isn’t nearly so dramatic. Many trees, such as live oaks, keep their leaves through the winter, a season which is so mild here that it hardly deserves the name. Indeed, the four seasons here seem to be: carnival season, festival season, hurricane season and Christmas. But I digress.

Last year we planted a sweetgum tree in front of our home. Sweetgums lose their leaves in the winter. Over the last week or two I’ve been watching the green buds emerge on the branches, swelling bigger and bigger. Today I think I can finally say that I have seen young new leaves emerging.

Sweetgum Buds

Caught in the act at last.

8 Responses to “Sweetgum”

  1. b.rox » Year in Review Says:

    […] I started blogging in late March and I’ve been hooked ever since.[…]

  2. b.rox » Blog Archive » Down with the Virus Says:

    […] I started this blog a couple years ago, and then filled in some posts back to when I first moved to New Orleans, so it actually looks like I’ve been blogging since 1999, but I haven’t. […]

  3. b.rox » Blog Archive » Five & Dime Says:

    […] been a little over five years since I started blogging here in earnest. I thought this would be a simple extension of the journal-writing […]

  4. b.rox » Blog Archive » A Particular Day in 1999 Says:

    […] I started this blog in 2004, I’ve added bits and pieces to extend the story back to May of 1999, when Xy and I […]

  5. b.rox » Blog Archive » Antisocial Networking Says:

    […] (Oops, make that seven years ago. Have I really been blogging that long. I guess so.) […]

  6. b.rox » Blog Archive » One Full Revolution Says:

    […] was, “I’m fascinated by cycles, including the cycle of seasons.” That was over seven years ago, long before I ever heard of the Wheel of the Year. I also like how these holidays connect to the […]

  7. b.rox » Archive » Writing to Expand the Self Says:

    […] kept a journal, off and on, since childhood, long before I wrote my first entry here. It’s a fine process for personal development. It’s listed on the Tree of […]

  8. b.rox » Archive » Ten Years of b.rox Says:

    […] years ago today I started writing here at b.rox. I didn’t give much thought to the content of that first post, in terms of setting the tone for the future. I just wrote about what was on my mind at the […]

Leave a Reply